Ann A. Mortenson
Ann A. Mortenson, age 65, of New Germany, died Oct. 19, 2004, after a courageous year-long struggle with cancer.
Ann was a synchronized swimmer in the Aqua Follies from 1956 through 1961. She attended the University of North Dakota, worked as an assistant to the president of CBS News in Chicago, and as an administrative assistant at WCCO Radio.
Ann enjoyed travel, as her travels to India, Bhutan, Tibet, and, in particular, Kenya, left profound imprints on her life.
Upon returning to Minnesota, she became a breeder of champion flat-coated retrievers. Her dogs, Hodi, Suko, Binti, and Kibu were her constant companions.
She served six years on the board of the Flat-coated Retrievers Club of America, including two years as president. Ann was a AKC-licensed retriever judge at the junior, senior, and master levels.
She originated the Therapy Dogs program at Ridgeview Medical Center and was a volunteer at Ridgeview Hospital. She also was a supporting member of the Chicago Lyric Opera.
Ann vigorously pursued her love of the outdoors and camping. She shared this love with her nephews introducing them to the wonders and exhilaration of nature.
She delighted her family and friends with her traditional Christmas cards bringing the joy and greetings of the season with clever rhymes and poses of her dogs.
She will be missed for her good humor, generosity, caring, and compassion.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Mauritz and Alice of Edina, nephews, David (Kate), Seattle, Wash., Mark (Katie) of Minneapolis, Christopher of Caracas, Venezuela, and Mathias of San Francisco, Calif.
Further surviving her are grandnephews, Jack, Charlie, Will and Peter, and grandnieces, Norah; and uncles, Hilding (Helen) and Carl.
A memorial service was Friday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. at Waconia Moravian Church.
Memorials are preferred to the Volunteer Program at Ridgeview Hospital, 125 West Main St., Waconia, Minn. 55387 or the Waconia Moravian Church, 209 East Second St., Waconia 55387.
Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia served the family.